Here is a question I originally posted on another website-forum.
I'd also like to get some answers and opinions from you guys because this topic has been bothering me quite a deal .... so here we go :
I'm having a big problem, which is :
I'm left handed but I've been playing right handed for many years. Like 10 years ago I was big time into shred and I practiced very hard on my picking, but somehow I couldn't get my right hand up to some reasonable speed. Then when I got a bit older I got into Jazz and kinda forgot about the metal-virtuoso thing.
Just lately I listened to some of my old CDs and watched some of my old Guitar-instructional video tapes of some great shredders, and that sort of brought my desire to become a fast picker back to live.
So I started out practicing on single strings (exercises focusing on the raw speed of right hand alternate picking). But I couldn't get any faster than max. 120-140 bpm(playing 16ths on an open string), but when I turned the guitar around, picking with my left hand I could easily get it up to about 200 bpm (again playing 16ths on an open string) (never ever having practiced picking with my left hand before, whereas I spent many, many hours over quite some years on practicing my right hand picking).
Also when I try to speed-pick with my right hand, I have to move my whole elbow, whereas with my lef hand I can do it just moving the wrist, making small, precise movements.
So now I'm considering getting a left-handed guitar and starting over playing left handed. I'm quite sure my left hand would develop very well, the only thing I'm not so sure about is, is whether my right hand will manage to learn to do all the fretting.
Can anybody out there give me some advice, does anybody have experience with this ???
Do you think I should start playing left-handed, or just keep practicing right handed, even though I could pick much faster (at the moment, a t least) with my left hand ?
Another thought I had was : maybe I should keep practicing right handed, but just start very, very slowly (about 60bpm playing 16ths) and then move up one or two bpm per week. This would certainly take a long time until I get fast, but it might work. What would you suggest ???
Actually, in the meantime I already bought a left-handed guitar and started practicing on that thing. Felt weird in the beginning (actually still does) ...
I'm still not quite sure whether I'm doing the right thing here, still kinda in doubt .....
I'd very much appreciate any answers and advice greatly !I'm really kinda desperate here ....
Thanks a lot in advance !!!